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Eminem Publisher Sues Spotify Claiming Massive Copyright Breach, “Unconstitutional” Law

In a suit filed Wednesday in federal court in Nashville, Eight Mile accuses Spotify of willful copyright infringement by reproducing “Lose Yourself” and about 250 of the rapper’s songs on its service to the tune of potentially billions of dollars in alleged damages. The suit also targets the Music Modernization Act, a federal law enacted last October that was intended to make life easier for tech companies and to get songwriters paid. The suit accuses Spotify, the $26 billion Stockholm-based streaming behemoth, of not living up to its obligations under the MMA, while also making a frontal attack on one of the few legislative accomplishments during the Donald Trump presidency. – Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter » https://ift.tt/2Z74Xi7
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Free Spotify and YouTube Users Are Now a Bigger Challenge Than Music Pirates

Nearly 90% of Italian music consumers use YouTube to stream music, which is a problem for the industry. While these people are enjoying music legally, record labels would like to see these people converted into paying customers. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak » https://ift.tt/2xVHNv1

Spotify Shuts Down Ability for Independent Artists to Upload Music Directly

The beta of Spotify’s upload tool will be discontinued July 30, 2019. The original idea with Spotify’s direct-upload test, launched last September, was to provide a simpler way for unsigned artists to get their music on the service and get paid. But the company seems to have determined the complexity involved in monitoring the rights involved — and potential abuse from piracy — made the whole thing more trouble that it was worth. – Todd Spangler, Variety » https://trib.al/JOZoShC

Streaming is secretly fixing your mainstream taste in garbage music

The “optimism index” at indies hit its highest level this year, according to this month’s annual membership survey by Merlin, a group representing more than 2,000 independent labels and music companies. Eighty-five percent of its members were optimistic about the future of their businesses, coinciding with their digital income swelling thanks to streaming. – Joan E. Solsman, CNET » https://ift.tt/322j460

Apple, Amazon, Google, and others sued for selling thousands of pirated recordings

The lawsuit claims that these online retailers are selling and streaming these recordings with the full knowledge that they’re unauthorized. As the lawsuit says, “it is hard to imagine that a person walking into Tower Records, off the street, with arms full of CD’s and vinyl records and claiming to be the record label for Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald, could succeed in having that store sell their copies directly next to the same albums released by legendary record labels, Capitol, RCA, and Columbia, and at a lower price.” – Jon Porter, The Verge » http://bit.ly/2QbElEQ

Beyonce’s ‘Homecoming’ Premiere on Netflix Drew 1.1 Million U.S. Viewers, Nielsen Says

On its premiere date (April 17), the concert film on Netflix reached 1.1 million U.S. viewers and garnered an average minute audience of 828,000 viewers, according to Nielsen. The film — following Beyoncé and her performance at 2018 Coachella, which paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities — received a similar average minute viewing audience over the course of the next few days heading into the April 20-21 weekend. – Todd Spangler, Variety » http://bit.ly/2Eb0jD1

Beyonce’s Netflix Deal Worth a Whopping $60 Million (EXCLUSIVE)

The first of the three specials is “Homecoming,” the behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling her 2018 Coachella performance — a massive spectacle of dance, visuals and music that reaffirmed Beyonce’s moniker of Queen Bey — which premiered on April 17. The price tag on this installment, for which Beyonce Knowles-Carter is credited as executive producer, writer and director, hovers around $20 million. Beyonce’s rep did not respond to Variety’s requests for comment; Netflix declined comment for this story, although a source at the company disputed the financial terms of the deal. – Shirley Halperin & Jem Aswad, Variety » http://bit.ly/2Pie7A9
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